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Trees are dying in the Sierra at modern-day unprecedented rates, posing elevated fire danger and creating health, water and air quality concerns, but a possible solution to rid the forest of dead and dying trees is getting short shrift, officials say. California’s biomass industry is set up regionally to turn agricultural waste into electricity while eliminating open burning. But many local biomass plants have closed or are closing soon because it costs less to produce electricity with solar and wind, which get subsidies that are not available to biomass.read more
900 sheep, goats ate plants near Fair Oaks Bridge this week. Since 2014, animals have played fire prevention role in Sacramento County. Roseville has a website allowing people to track its livestock fire prevention activities.read more
The Alpine Biomass Committee’s kickoff meeting on July 21st was a success. The sixty attendees included local residents, all five Alpine County Supervisors, U. S. Forest Service District Rangers, representatives from the Washoe community, the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group, CHIPS, the BLM, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and other agencies . There was broad consensus thatread more
A bill in the California Legislature aims to improve water supplies by restoring key watersheds in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges. Critics say that’s an important step, but the bill needs to go further.read more
At the June 15 ACCG meeting, Dr. Christopher Fettig of the USFS presented information on drought and beetle caused tree mortality in the Sierra. He shared the slides from his presentation with us, and offered his contact information for those who would like further information or have questions.read more